The 12 Verses of Christmas #10

All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the LORD hath laid on him the iniquity of us all.

Isaiah 53:6

This might seem like a strange verse to include in a series of verses dealing with Christmas.  There are verses about Mary and Joseph.  There are verses about the Angel appearing to various people.  There are verses about Jesus being born in a manger.  There are many verses that might seem to “fit” the Christmas story better than Isaiah 53:6.  But, to me, this verse lies at the very heart of Christmas.

This verse is about two things: our sin and our Saviour.

“All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way…”  Every man, woman and child ever born on this earth has been a sinner (except One).  We are born in sin and we commit sin – every single one of us.  We can try our best to not sin, but there is nothing that we can do about our corrupt, fallen nature.  We need a Saviour.

“…the LORD hath laid on him the iniquity of us all.”  That is our Saviour.  He took our sins – all of them – to the cross, where He bled and died for us.  This verse is the gospel in one verse: we are sinners in need of a Saviour, and the Lord Jesus Christ is that Saviour.

That is what we celebrate at Christmas.  If we were not all sinners, we would not need a Saviour.  If we didn’t need a Saviour, Jesus would not have needed to come to earth as a man and die on the cross for us.  The celebration of Christmas is the celebration of the Saviour.  A what a wonderful Saviour He is!

4 responses to this post.

  1. I am so glad He came!

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  2. I love thinking of Christmas as celebrating our Savior. 🙂 There is only One who can save us . . .Jesus! God bless you Ben, and your 12 verses of Christmas series!

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